These days, thanks to streaming services, the world of entertainment is so much easier to access, and for many, it’s an escape from their monotonous lives. Audiences can immerse themselves in new stories, place themselves in other people’s situations, and experience exciting events that would otherwise be impossible. While there are a host of options available in various genres that fit the need for escapism, one subgenre that doesn’t fit the requirement is the psychological thriller genre. It may not be the most populous genre in terms of the number of works under its banner, but it’s highly sought after as it offers the exact opposite of what people might consume to escape their everyday lives.
The reason for the demand for this genre is that, despite its nature, who doesn’t like heart-pounding suspense, the terrifying anticipation of what’s to come next, and the incredible feeling of a plot twist they never have seen coming? And while watching psychological thrillers isn’t the most relaxing activity, it’s work of this particular genre that keeps the viewer on the edge of their seat, eagerly waiting. Psychological thrillers are distinctive in their format because they tend to be more concerned with the inner thoughts and feelings of protagonists and antagonists whose sense of reality is uncomfortably close to slipping. They feel much closer to reality as they harness the power of audience fear, bringing it out on screen in vivid detail, leaving it up to the viewer to overcome it or be more attuned to the realities of the outside world and of human nature.
An upcoming work belonging to the genre of psychological thriller that will be brought to the viewer’s screen is The patientcreated by Joel Champs and Joe Weisbergwho previously collaborated on the acclaimed FX drama Americans. The duo returns with The patient after the conclusion of their first television project in 2018.
What is the plot of the patient?
The patient is the story of psychotherapist Alan Strauss (Steve Carell) held hostage by his patient named Sam Fortner (Domhnall Gleeson), who later confesses to being a serial killer. In an unusual request, Sam wants Alan to stop his murderous compulsions as part of their therapy. Alan must calm Sam’s restless spirit in order to prevent him from killing again, but Sam’s refusal to talk about important matters and the need to survive himself make this extremely difficult. Alone in confinement, Alan unearths memories of his former therapist, Charlie, and grapples with storms of repressed personal issues, including the recent death of his wife, Beth, and the tragic alienation of his devout son, Ezra. During his time in captivity, Alan not only learns how strong Sam’s envy is, but also how difficult it will be for him to mend the split in his own family. With little time left, Alan fiercely tries to stop Sam before he becomes implicated in Sam’s murders or, even worse, becomes a target himself.
The patient will highlight Steve Carell’s exceptional talents as an actor, producer and creative partner, with Field and Weisberg’s creative ideas and deep understanding of characters and a well-thought-out, full-screen narrative.
The trailer for the series was released on FX Networks YouTube on July 14 and managed to create a buzz among the audience. The trailer introduces audiences to the two main characters with a normal therapy session between an agitated patient, Sam Fortner, and his new therapist, Dr. Alan Strauss. It then goes on to establish Alan’s backstory and his reasons for choosing to become a therapist while intercutting them with moments from his personal life, with the loss of his wife highlighted in the trailer in a montage. jumped up.
The creepy tone of the teaser picks up quickly and the session scene is shown again as Alan tries to reassure Sam that he can be helped as he is willing to come to therapy to keep “pounding the hard stuff”; and just in the seconds that follow, Sam’s biggest problems are revealed: his compulsion to kill people. Along with this confession, flashes of Sam’s life are shown as the eerie music and editing of the montage together set a chilling mood for the rest of the trailer.
Shortly after, the sessions no longer take place in a professional setting and the patient seems to have the upper hand with the therapist now kidnapped and chained to a chair. As Alan tries to keep calm through his demeanor, his voice betrays him revealing his nervousness. The trailer’s narrative ends with a race for survival that begins as Alan finds himself in a near-death situation, with Sam showing no signs of improving.
Who is part of the cast of The Patient?
The series has a very stellar cast. The famous actor, Steve Carell (Office) will star as Alexander Strauss, as part of the main cast. Domnhall Gleeson (To run) is another big name joining Carell in the series and will play Sam: the patient/serial killer. The show also features, Laura Niemi (It’s us) as Alan’s recently deceased wife Beth, Andre Leeds (The Connerslisten)) as Alan’s estranged son, Ezra, David Alan Grier (The cool kids) as Charlie, Alan’s former therapist, Linda Emond (Succession) as the mother of Sam, Candace, and rich alex (Shine).
When does the patient leave?
As part of what’s new on Hulu in August, The patient will debut in the United States on Tuesday, August 30 exclusively on Hulu. The first two episodes of the limited series will be immediately available on the streaming platform, with the next eight episodes following each week from September 6 until the finale on October 25.
Where to monitor the patient?
Hulu FX exclusively hosts the premiere of the limited show. So in all regions where Hulu FX is available, the series will be streaming. Fortunately, Hulu offers free trials, so even non-subscribers will be able to watch. The patient. For a regular subscription to the streaming service, anyone can pick one up for $6.99 per month with ads or $12.99 per month without them.
How many episodes are there in the patient?
The patient is set to contain 10 episodes, with each episode running 30 minutes on average. The titles of the first four episodes have been revealed and are “Intake”, “Alan Learns to Meditate”, “Issues” and “Company” respectively.
In the first episode, Alan Strauss will be seen grieving the loss of his wife and accepting a mysterious new patient. A decision that binds them tightly will transform their professional relationship as they face very different issues. The second episode will focus on Sam Fortner further exploring his motivation for seeking therapy, but Dr. Strauss is unwilling to let him continue their sessions. The truth about the house will be revealed as a growing sense of not being alone gradually develops.
Apart from the titles and brief description of the first two episodes, not much has been revealed about the episodic storyline of the following episodes and viewers are given the opportunity to enter the series ready to be amazed.
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